Soccer-Ronaldo could play until he's 40, says Rooney


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Group A - Portugal v Republic of Ireland - Estadio Algarve, Almancil, Portugal - September 1, 2021 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after the match REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

(Reuters) - Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is capable of playing until he is 40 as he has adapted his playing style to extend his career, former captain Wayne Rooney said.

Ronaldo, 36, spent six seasons at Old Trafford between 2003-09, winning eight major trophies, and rejoined United from Juventus last month on a two-year contract.

"The last time he played here, he was more of a runner, a great dribbler, with pace and power," said Rooney, now managing second division Championship side Derby County.

"Whereas now, he's a goalscorer. I think his game has adapted dramatically."

Rooney, United's all-time top scorer, added that his former team mate is a "completely different player" to the one that left the club 12 years ago but can still keep up with the physical demands of the Premier League.

"His ability is obviously one thing, but then he's also looked after himself massively ... he's still in great condition. It wouldn't surprise me if he's playing until he's 40, like Ryan Giggs did, and still scoring goals.

"His team mates will have to work a little harder. But if it's anything like last time -- towards the last two years of playing with him -- the team allowed him to do that because he scores you goals and goals win you games."

Ronaldo, who scored 118 goals for United during his first spell, is expected to feature when they take on Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Football

Soccer-Interim boss Jones wants Newcastle to build on Palace draw
Soccer-Tuchel says hat-trick hero Mount playing key role at Chelsea
Soccer-Watford's King says he had a point to prove after treble at Everton
Soccer-John Kennedy presides over enthralling Fluminense derby win
Soccer-Police to investigate banner at Crystal Palace critical of Newcastle deal
Soccer-Man City's Foden enjoying life on the wing as goals continue to flow
Soccer-Ibrahimovic scores at both ends as Milan beat nine-man Bologna to go top
Soccer-Foden double inspires Man City to 4-1 win at Brighton
Soccer-Chelsea and City on fire, Everton implode
Soccer-Watford reacted well after Liverpool thrashing to stun Everton - Ranieri

Others Also Read


Vouchers